Switzerland the metal scene isn't too crowded, so it's easy to remember
the few bands hailing from the Emmenthal land. Nekropolis are one of
them and this is their 3rd demoCD after 5
years of existence. They play a sort of symphonic Black metal, including
some Death and Power metal elements and their songs aren't bad at all.
I think the main problem resides in the discontinuity of the quality
To be more precise, the best written songs are the piano-based intro
"Nocturnus Aeternus", "Aeons of Technology"
and "Worship of Devotion", both showing extracutting
riffs; an involving paragon of Power and Black metal is contained in
"One Day in Hell", whereas "Misanthropy"
is embellished by a cybernetical break, a siren and divine guitar lines.
The dynamic "Memories" is another highlight of the
CD along with "Shadows of Profanity", full of cool
stop 'n' goes; the latter might be utilized as a sountrack and is definitely
my favourite track owing to the perfect interlacement among the 2 guitar
players, the keyboardist and of course the vocals and the rhythmic section.
By the way, there's also a 14th track, a hidden one, where a slutty
girl says all of those things that make boys and men happy, so drop
your pants and enjoy the monologue.
A steady virtue of the Swiss sextet is the ability of composing in an
effective and often original way, clever at blending different kinds
of vocals (Death, Black, aggressive & angry, on some occasions even
whispered) and a good taste in the sample choice. Last but not least,
the sound is good enough for a demo-CD, so if they can find a label
and can write another 6 songs at the level of the best ones, a top album
will come out; to date they still have to refine a part of their compositions
and render them more incisive. Time will tell us...
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 12/12/04
Marcel Roesch, Hondrichstr. 50, 3700 Spiez - Switzerland
Phone: +41 79 279 66 30
Line up :
Marc Steiner - vocals
Reto Wittwer - bass / vocals
Marcel Rösch - guitars
David Luginbühl - guitars
Thies Steiner - drums
Beni Weber - synthesizers
2000 "Nekropolis" demo-cd
2001 "Demo '01" demo-cd
2004 "Organ Removement" dvd-clip
2004 "The Perversion of Humanity"